- The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearm safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. Any U.S. citizen who is not legally prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP, provided they are a member of a CMP affiliated organization and meet other requirements.
- The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and state associations in the U.S. These clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses, and competitions.
- The Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve in the U.S. military.
- Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. Apart from a donation of surplus .22 and .30 caliber rifles in the Army’s inventory to the CMP, the CMP receives no federal funding.
- Among the various activities and programs administered by the CMP are pistol and rifle shooting competitions (for example the National Matches, at Camp Perry, Ohio ) and the sale of surplus U.S. Army rifles. The sale of rifles in particular has been quite popular, with the CMP offering M1 Garand, M1903 Springfield, M1917 Enfield, M1 Carbine, .22 caliber, and air rifles for sale to members of affiliated organizations. Ammunition and other accessories are also sold through the CMP’s online store.
- The CMP maintains two main offices: CMP North at Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio, and CMP South in Anniston, Alabama.
One of the requirements to purchase rifles and ammunition from CMP is to become a member of a CMP affiliated organization.Becoming a Range Officer at the Honey Island Shooting Range would meet that requirement.Another option is to become a member of the Louisiana Shooting Association (LSA) . LSA is Louisiana’s NRA-Affiliated State Association. LSA is also a CMP affiliated organization. You can find out more about LSA HERE